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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151274/effect-of-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibitors-on-the-development-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction
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Amanda Szczepanik, Amanda Hulbert, Hui-Jie Lee, Clark Benedetti, Laurie Snyder, Jennifer Byrns
Lung transplant recipients (LR) have a reduced median five-year survival of approximately 55% primarily due to chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD). Statins have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects that may facilitate CLAD prevention. This study sought to evaluate statin effect on CLAD development. Adult bilateral LR from January 2004-October 2013 were included. Statin group included recipients with early statin use and continued for minimum 6 months. Propensity score matching was performed for age, gender and native lung disease to select matched non-statin group...
November 19, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151234/excavating-the-psyche-a-social-history-of-soviet-psychiatry-in-bulgaria
#2
Julian Chehirian
This article investigates how an imported Soviet psychiatric model affected Bulgarians who experienced psychological crisis by examining therapeutic possibilities that were available and foreclosed in the People's Republic of Bulgaria. Bulgarians struggling with psychological disorders in the present day experience polar forms of marginalization: non-recognition on one extreme, and chronic medicalization on the other. Both tendencies can be traced to the Communist-period remodeling of mental healthcare, which outlawed private practice and individual-centered therapy, which reified empirically observable, physiological underpinnings of pathology while suppressing therapies that engaged with the existential context of mental illness...
November 18, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151062/instruments-to-assess-stigmatization-in-dermatology
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Dimitre Dimitrov, Jacek C Szepietowski
Stigmatization is the assignment of negative perceptions to an individual because of a perceived difference from the population at large. Skin conditions are frequently the reason of social rejection with a consequent negative influence on the personal and social life of patients. The aim of the current study was to review the available instruments that can be successfully utilized to measure the stigmatization level among dermatological patients. We performed our search on PubMed up to November 2016 and utilized combinations of key phrases containing such words as stigmatization, skin, dermatology, names of various skin conditions (psoriasis, vitiligo, acne, etc...
November 3, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150986/memory-t-cells-are-significantly-increased-in-rejecting-liver-allografts-of-rhesus-monkeys
#4
Hwajung Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, Sun-Kyung Lee, Xue-Li Jin, Tae Jin Kim, Chanho Park, Jae-Il Lee, Hyo-Sin Kim, Suk Kyun Hong, Kyung Chul Yoon, Sung Woo Ahn, Kyoung-Bun Lee, Nam-Joon Yi, Jaeseok Yang, Kwang-Woong Lee, Wayne J Hawthorne, Kyung-Suk Suh
INTRODUCTION: The Rhesus monkey (RM) is an excellent preclinical model in kidney, heart and islet transplantation that has provided the basis for new immunosuppressive protocols for clinical studies. However, there remain relatively few liver transplantation (LT) models in nonhuman primates. In this study, we analyzed the immune cell populations of PBMCs and secondary lymphoid organs along with livers of normal rhesus monkeys and compared them to those of rejecting liver transplanted recipient's following withdrawal of immunosuppression...
November 18, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150964/de-novo-donor-specific-hla-antibodies-after-combined-intestinal-and-vascularised-composite-allotransplantation
#5
Annemarie Weissenbacher, Georgios Vrakas, Mian Chen, Srikanth Reddy, Philip Allan, Henk Giele, Martin Cnm Barnardo, Anil Vaidya, Peter J Friend, Susan V Fuggle
Combining vascularised composite allotransplantation (VCA) with intestinal transplantation to achieve primary abdominal closure has become a feasible procedure. Besides facilitating closure, the abdominal wall can be used to monitor intestinal rejection. As the inclusion of a VCA raises the possibility of an enhanced alloimmune response, we investigated the incidence and clinical effect of de novo donor specific HLA antibodies (dnDSA) in a cohort of patients receiving an intestinal transplant with or without a VCA...
November 18, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150422/woman-who-rejected-breast-cancer-diagnosis-may-undergo-surgery-without-her-consent
#6
Clare Dyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149985/acute-rejection-pattern-of-an-outbred-strain-combination-on-mouse-to-rat-heterotopic-heart-xenotransplantation
#7
N Özçay
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the acute rejection patterns of outbred mice and rats on a xenotransplantation model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty male Balb/c mice weighing from 30 to 40 g were used as donors, and 30 male outbred Sprague-Dawley rats weighing from 150 to 200 g were used as recipients for heterotopic heart xenotransplantation models. Animals were allocated into 5 groups according to their killed days, and each group had 6 animals. Animals in group 1 were followed for 1 day and then killed; animals in groups 2, 3, 4, and 5 were followed up 2, 3, 4, and 5 days after transplantation, respectively...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149982/marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-effectively-reduce-histologic-changes-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-renal-allograft-rejection
#8
P Yu, Z Wang, Y Liu, Z Xiao, Y Guo, M Li, M Zhao
BACKGROUND: Chronic allograft rejection remains as the leading cause of the chronic renal grafts loss post-transplantation. No therapy has been found really effective to prevent and treat chronic allograft rejection. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have characteristics of immunomodulation and are expected to be used for inducing graft immune tolerance in organ transplantation. We investigated the efficacy and safety of early infusion of donor-derived marrow MSCs in a rat model of chronic renal allograft rejection...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149976/clinical-challenges-of-tacrolimus-for-maintenance-immunosuppression-post-lung-transplantation
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S Ivulich, M Dooley, C Kirkpatrick, G Snell
Lung transplantation (LTx) is a successful treatment option for end-stage lung disease, and immunosuppressant regimens, utilized to prevent rejection of the transplanted graft, are paramount to maintaining long-term graft survival. Immunosuppression can be classified as induction, maintenance, and antirejection therapy. This article focuses on maintenance immunosuppression that includes a combination of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI), cell cycle inhibitor, and corticosteroid. CNIs remain the cornerstone of immunosuppression following LTx, and tacrolimus is now the preferred CNI, based on a better adverse effect profile and some limited evidence for enhanced efficacy...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149963/urinary-tract-infections-in-the-first-year-post-kidney-transplantation-potential-benefits-of-treating-asymptomatic-bacteriuria
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P Kotagiri, D Chembolli, J Ryan, P D Hughes, N D Toussaint
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the commonest infectious complication in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). No recommendations exist regarding treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria. We aimed to identify potential risk factors and microbiological profile for UTIs, the role of treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria, and effects on graft outcomes of bacteriuria within the first year post-transplantation. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of UTIs in KTRs transplanted between January 2012 and December 2013 in 2 transplantation centers...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149958/efficacy-of-prolonged-and-immediate-release-tacrolimus-in-kidney-transplantation-a-pooled-analysis-of-two-large-randomized-controlled-trials
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B K Krämer, L Albano, B Banas, B Charpentier, L Bäckman, H Tedesco-Silva, F Lehner, G A Mondragón-Ramírez, M Glyda, E Cassuto-Viguier, O Viklický, G Mourad, P Rigotti, S Schleibner, N Kamar
BACKGROUND: Two large, prospective studies (12-03; OSAKA) compared the efficacy and tolerability of prolonged-release versus immediate-release tacrolimus in kidney transplant patients also receiving mycophenolate mofetil and low-dose corticosteroids (without induction therapy). METHODS: Data were combined into one database to compare results over 24 weeks using 3 alternative endpoints: biopsy-confirmed acute rejection (BCAR); the Food and Drug Administration composite endpoint (graft loss, BCAR, and loss to follow-up), and the European Medicines Agency composite endpoint (graft loss, BCAR, and graft dysfunction)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149956/comparison-between-total-igg-c1q-and-c3d-single-antigen-bead-assays-in-detecting-class-i-complement-binding-anti-hla-antibodies
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M A Moreno Gonzales, D G Mitema, B H Smith, C A Schinstock, M D Stegall, L L Wakefield, N A Henderson, S R DeGoey, J D Kreuter, M J Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Complement-binding donor-specific antibodies (DSAs) are associated with antibody-mediated rejection and allograft loss. Novel single antigen bead (SAB) assays-that is, complement component 1q (C1q) and complement component 3d (C3d) assays-have been developed to specifically detect complement-binding DSA, but it remains unclear whether these assays have an improved ability to detect complement-binding DSA as compared with using the total IgG SAB assay with a high mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) cutoff...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149739/removal-of-tio2-nanoparticles-from-water-by-low-pressure-pilot-plant-filtration
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Josune Olabarrieta, Oihane Monzón, Yolanda Belaustegui, Jon-Iñaki Alvarez, Saioa Zorita
Rising use of nanoparticles in manufacturing as well as in commercial products bring issues related to environmental release and human exposure. A large amount of TiO2 nanoparticles will eventually reach wastewater treatment plants. Low pressure membrane filtration has been suggested as a feasible treatment of water streams. This study investigated first at laboratory scale the influence of: i) membrane material, ii) pore size and iii) water chemistry on nTiO2 removal. TiO2 retention was governed by the cake layer formation mechanism and significant retention of nanoparticles was observed even for filters having considerably larger pores than nTiO2...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149673/the-feasibility-of-nanofiltration-membrane-bioreactor-nf-mbr-reverse-osmosis-ro-process-for-water-reclamation-comparison-with-ultrafiltration-membrane-bioreactor-uf-mbr-ro-process
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Ming Feng Tay, Chang Liu, Emile R Cornelissen, Bing Wu, Tzyy Haur Chong
This study examines the feasibility of a novel nanofiltration membrane bioreactor (NF-MBR) followed by reverse osmosis (RO) process for water reclamation at 90% recovery and using an ultrafiltration MBR (UF-MBR)+RO as baseline for comparison. Both MBRs adopted the same external hollow fiber membrane configurations and operating conditions. The collected permeates of the MBRs were subsequently fed to the respective RO systems. The results showed that the NF-MBR (operated at a constant flux of 10 L/m(2)h) achieved superior MBR permeate quality due to enhanced biodegradation and high rejection capacity of the NF membrane, leading to lower RO fouling rates (∼3...
November 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149210/development-and-validation-of-open-source-software-for-dna-mixture-interpretation-based-on-a-quantitative-continuous-model
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Sho Manabe, Chie Morimoto, Yuya Hamano, Shuntaro Fujimoto, Keiji Tamaki
In criminal investigations, forensic scientists need to evaluate DNA mixtures. The estimation of the number of contributors and evaluation of the contribution of a person of interest (POI) from these samples are challenging. In this study, we developed a new open-source software "Kongoh" for interpreting DNA mixture based on a quantitative continuous model. The model uses quantitative information of peak heights in the DNA profile and considers the effect of artifacts and allelic drop-out. By using this software, the likelihoods of 1-4 persons' contributions are calculated, and the most optimal number of contributors is automatically determined; this differs from other open-source software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149076/the-association-between-food-addiction-and-early-maladaptive-schemas-in-overweight-and-obese-women-a-preliminary-investigation
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Claudio Imperatori, Marco Innamorati, David Lester, Massimo Continisio, Michela Balsamo, Aristide Saggino, Mariantonietta Fabbricatore
In recent years, there has been a growing focus on early maladaptive schemas (EMSs) as core features associated with eating psychopathology. The aims of the present study were to assess in overweight and obese women: (i) the association between dysfunctional eating patterns (i.e., food addiction and binge eating) and EMSs, and (ii) the association between food addiction and EMSs after controlling for potential confounding variables (i.e., binge eating severity and psychopathology). Participants were 70 overweight and obese women seeking low-energy-diet therapy...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148135/cadence-tracking-and-disturbance-rejection-in-functional-electrical-stimulation-cycling-for-paraplegic-subjects-a-case-study
#17
Lucas O da Fonseca, Antônio P L Bó, Juliana A Guimarães, Miguel E Gutierrez, Emerson Fachin-Martins
Functional electrical stimulation cycling has been proposed as an assistive technology with numerous health and fitness benefits for people with spinal cord injury, such as improvement in cardiovascular function, increase in muscular mass, and reduction of bone mass loss. However, some limitations, for example, lack of optimal control strategies that would delay fatigue, may still prevent this technology from achieving its full potential. In this work, we performed experiments on a person with complete spinal cord injury using a stationary tadpole trike when both cadence tracking and disturbance rejection were evaluated...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148096/performance-of-the-dimension-tac-assay-and-comparison-of-multiple-platforms-for-the-measurement-of-tacrolimus
#18
Eun-Jung Cho, Dae-Hyun Ko, Woochang Lee, Sail Chun, Hae-Kyung Lee, Won-Ki Min
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic monitoring of tacrolimus is essential for reducing organ rejection and adverse effects. The measurement of tacrolimus in whole blood is taken by many automated platforms. We evaluated the analytical performance of the Dimension TAC assay, which is an upgraded reagent from the previous Dimension TACR assay. METHODS: The evaluations involved determination of precision, linearity, detection capability, and reagent lot-to-lot variability between three lot numbers...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148024/blue-planet-dialysis-novel-water-sparing-strategies-for-reducing-dialysate-flow
#19
Alejandra Molano-Triviño, Benjamin Wancjer, Mauro M Neri, Akash N Karopadi, Mitchell Rosner, Claudio Ronco
INTRODUCTION: Hemodialysis (HD) is an expensive therapy in economic and in ecological terms, owing to a high carbon footprint and significant consumption of natural sources, especially water. Our aim was to review strategies to diminish waste of water in maintenance dialysis, exploring previously described water reuse trends and less known strategies for reducing the dialysate flow. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of water-sparing strategies, including the reuse of reverse osmosis rejected water and the reduction of dialysate flux...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147785/qt-interval-and-dispersion-in-drug-free-anorexia-nervosa-adolescents-a-case-control-study
#20
Monica Bomba, Lucio Tremolizzo, Fabiola Corbetta, Franco Nicosia, Francesca Lanfranconi, Gianni Poggioli, Karine Goulene, Marco Stramba-Badiale, Elisa Conti, Francesca Neri, Renata Nacinovich
Long QT values have been reported in patients with anorexia nervosa of the restricting type (ANr) potentially increasing the risk of fatal arrhythmia, especially if psychotropic drug treatment is required. Nevertheless, the previous studies on this topic are biased by drug exposure, long disease durations, and small sample sizes. This study is aimed at assessing QTc and QTcd values in ANr adolescents with recent onset and drug free, as compared to subjects affected by psychiatric disorders other than ANr. We evaluated QTc and its dispersion (QTcd) in a population of 77 drug-free ANr female adolescents and compared to an equal number of healthy controls (H-CTRL) and pathological controls (P-CTRL, mixed psychiatric disorders)...
November 16, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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